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Coming to Terms with the Stash

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I have mixed feelings about the stash.

I love the stash.
I need the stash.

But the stash exerts a subtle pressure.
It longs to be more than yarn in a cedar chest.
Or home decor.

But these days I seem to be spinning faster than I knit.
So it tends to accumulate some.

And it’s sometimes hard to part with stash, because I either had some grand idea of how I might use it.
Or it’s not quite perfect or flashy or luxurious enough to be a “gift skein” or to sell.

So I’m not making resolutions about stash this year.

No need to put pressure on the relationship.

Healthy stash, happy Denisee.

Long life the stash!

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January 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm 14 comments

Pre-Christmas Stay-cation

It was quite a week-

Measuring and mixing.

Beating and blending.

Scraping and rolling.

Baking, cooling, frosting.

Packing and Shipping.

But I made it. All 13 batches of it.

Then I sent it off to friends and family. (ok, not ALL of it. I kept a little for local munching)

And I’m afraid I didn’t take any pictures of the process. I was just glad to get it all done in time.

Of course, I made sure to take wool breaks to ensure I retained my sanity in the midst of all this cookie craziness.

Exhibit A- Oscar Socks

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I started these socks months ago, when the recipients feet were only as long as the white part! Yeeks!

Exhibit B- Custom Photo Glove/Mitts

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These are a not-so-secret Christmas present for The Man. Still need thumbs and index fingers (with openings for finger tips), but I’m getting close!

And the spinning-

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Mioget Shetland with blonde mohair and gold tussah silk, Border Leicester, and some CVM/Suffolk cross.

Yum. High fiber goodies. Healthiest things I made all week!

Now perhaps I can just relax and enjoy the holidays 🙂

December 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm 13 comments

Shadow Stages

I got a start on the new sweater in earnest this week.

I’m well into sleeve one

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and I think it’s going well. Won’t know for certain if my gauge calculations are on until I get this piece done and have a change to block and measure it.

I like the pattern. It’s got a nice rhythm to it. Somehow the cabling makes it seem to move at a good clip, too.

Dug through the stash, and it looks like I’ve got five more skeins of Edgar and Edgar/Griff to work with, so that should hold me for a bit-

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And I just carded up a few more batts.

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I’ve got Edgar/Griff fiber in ever stage of production right now.

Neat, eh?

September 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm 2 comments

Binding off, Casting On

I’m mighty pleased to announce that I have (essentially) finished the Shepherd’s vest!

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It still needs to be blocked, and the ends woven in, but the knitting is done.

So that frees up my needles for the next challenge, Shadow, from Wool People.
Just finished another 400 or so yds of Edgar/Griff for this project,

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and I have a few other skeins already in the stash, so I’m set to get a start, but will probably have to do a fair bit more on the yarn-generation side as I go to get to the finish line on this one.

My yarn is a bit lighter-weight  than Shelter, the yarn specified in the pattern, and so will have to do some knitting math to adjust stitch counts and such. Looks like size 6 needles for this one.

Here is the happy little swatch-

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I’ve looked hard at this pattern to see if there is any possible way to translate it into a seamless, in-the-round construction type of thing, and it was making my brain very tired.

So, this is going to be the first sweater I’ve ever knit in pieces and then assembled.

Yep. Really.

Wish me luck. 🙂

September 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm 7 comments

Home from the Fair

I didn’t make it up there this year, but I did send a couple things in for the Wool Show

And I’m pleased to report that they both made a fine showing.
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Spike’s two ply skein and the stashbuster raglan both had lots of fun and received high marks, but I’m glad to have them back home again.

In other news, I think I’ve taken my little weaving project as far as I can go on this loom setup.
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It’s about 19 inches now. Hopefully long enough for me to fold into a little handbag or something. Will see what it looks like once I figure out how to get it off the loom!

And the boys got pedicures again today (still trimming and treating with copper napthenate about every three weeks). I made it up to them with some pea vines from the poor neglected garden. It’s mostly been a chicken playground this year. Figured the boys can help me get a start on the cleanup!

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I’ve got all of Edgar’s summer fleece washed now- today was a great day for drying al fresco in the cherry tree-

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so I hung out some Frank/Felix yarn, too!

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Nothing like wool in the breeze. 🙂

Have a great week!

August 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm 4 comments

Back from the Island

Langley was wonderful, and I actually got quite a bit done-

Three new skeins:

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About 5 inches of progress on The Shepherd’s vest:

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Found a really cool pattern at Knitty Purls, the local yarn store, and managed to get a start on it-

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I also took along a couple of skeins of thick and cushy yarns I’d spun on Hank- thinking I’d do a cowl,,, but the cowl had other plans, and started turning into a poncho. So there you go-

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But I’m happy to be back home now with the man and the critters.

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It’s the weekend, and the sun is shining.

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And I’m hangin’ with my sheeps. 🙂

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Have a good week!

August 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm 8 comments

Summer Sun

The kind that shines and warms, casting shadows and causing contrast-y photos.

We finally got some.

Here’s my proof-

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The berries are finally ripening-

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And I finally weeded what veg is still hanging on in the garden-

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Meanwhile, the sheeps were mostly hanging out, chewing their cud in the comfy shade of the shed-

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All except Griff, of course. He tends to kind of do his own thing 🙂

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Sadie the sunshine pup was all ready for a game of ball-

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Chickens were out on patrol-

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And it’s amazing how fast yarn dries outside when it’s warms out! Here’s some recently finished Edgar/Griff (top), and Felix/Frank, one of my first bulky attempts on the new Pirtle-

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It’s supposed to cloud up again tomorrow.

But I think I got enough sunshine units today to carry me for a little while.

It’s brought me back from the brink of serious crankiness.

Whew. That was close.

July 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm 3 comments

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Who? Denise

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